How extra-curricular pursuits can assist with developing the ‘whole child’ at Huddersfield Grammar School
At Huddersfield Grammar school, they know that undertaking extra-curricular activities has far-ranging benefits to a child’s development. By definition, extracurricular activities are “pursued in addition to the normal course of study”. Depending on a child’s interests, they may provide a chance to get outside and exercise, socialise, pursue a hobby, or simply de-stress and refresh the mind. Learning new skills is always beneficial and extra-curricular activities provide the opportunity to learn things that could stay with a child for a lifetime.
Beyond that, extra-curricular activities instil key skills and new views that can be helpful in many walks of life. They can also help students to broaden their perspective of the world, particularly those involved in volunteering and community service programs. Many activities are key to developing teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills. For example, a musical instrument requires perseverance, hand-eye coordination, and above all, creativity. These are skills that provide continued benefits long after education is completed.
Learning requires solid problem-solving skills, good memory, creativity, and critical thinking. Studies on the relationship between extra-curricular activities and academic performance show that students who participate in additional activities typically achieve higher grades, have a more positive attitude towards school and higher academic aspirations. Further, participating in activities that they are passionate about can increase brain function, improve concentration, and assist with time management, all of which contribute to higher grades.
While many students’ social skills have been impacted by the pandemic, the nature of many extra-curricular activities involves children engaging with others in a social setting. Being part of a group or team provides a sense of belonging and gives students a chance to develop their social skills, meet new friends and become confident communicators. In turn, this aids self-esteem and confidence when succeeding in something they enjoy, both essential tools for positive mental health and wellbeing.
Ultimately, Further Education applications await, and providers love to see evidence that a prospective student is willing to go above and beyond to develop new skills. Listing extra-curricular activities on an application shows they have varied interests and a curiosity to learn beyond the traditional classroom.
Even in the busy world that we live in, taking the time to benefit from the opportunities that extra-curricular activities have to offer is a must for every student and something encouraged at Huddersfield Grammar School.